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Moot Court Competitions

Penn Law student participate in numerous moot court competitions locally and across the country.

Below is a listing of several different moot court competitions by upcoming deadline. Please note, those entries with blank dates have yet to announce their next competition. For more information about upcoming moot court competitions, as well as advice for moot court competitors, see The Bench Brief.

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Upcoming Deadlines

  • NAAC Moot Court Competition


    The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is a moot court competition that emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Moot court competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

    Entry Deadline: November 1, 2019 

    Register here!

    2019-20 NAAC Dates and Locations

    2019-20 Topic: TBD

    Please send any questions to

    Deadline: November 1, 2019 
  • National Entertainment Law Moot Court 20th Annual Competition


    Date: November 16-17, 2019 

    Location: Malibu, CA

    Deadline: November 16, 2019 
  • Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition


    The CENTER FOR LEGAL AND COURT TECHNOLOGY (CLCT) is pleased to announce its third annual writing competition dedicated to innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and/or related technologies.

    Award: Judges will select the best entries that creatively and innovatively address these criteria. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
    First place: U.S. $2,500
    Second place: U.S. $1,500
    Third place: U.S. $1,000

    Date: Submissions will be accepted now through December 20, 2019.

    Deadline: December 20, 2019 
  • The Closer National Transactional Law Competition


    Now in its fourth year, Baylor Law’s The Closer is one of the nation’s premier transactional law competitions. In this unique and innovative competition, students from participating schools vie to win a total of $10,000 in top prizes and bragging rights as a top closer. 

    INVITATION ONLY: Limited to Law Schools That Have Demonstrated a Commitment to Excellence in Transactional Law Training

    Award: $10,000 PRIZE, Divided Between Top 2 Closers


    TRANSACTION PROBLEM: Disclosed 24 Hours Prior to Competition

    Competition Date: January 16-19, 2020 

    Deadline: January 16, 2020 
  • The Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC)


    Date: February 20-22, 2020 

    Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, New York

    Deadline: February 20, 2020 
  • Annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition


    The Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to announce the Annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, which will be held on March 18-19, 2020, in Washington, D.C. This year is particularly special in that it marks the 25th anniversary of the Competition and the Centennial Celebration of the Federal Bar Association.

    Registration & Entry Fee Deadline:                 January 8, 2020

    Problem and rules distributed:                        January 13, 2020

    Briefs due (must be received by):                    February 14, 2020

    Oral Argument:                                                  March 18-19, 2020

    Awards Ceremony and Reception:                  March 19, 2020

    Deadline: March 18, 2020 

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Past Deadlines

  • 2019 National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition


    Key Dates:

    9/15/19: Registration Deadline (both form and fee)

    9/18/19: Problem Release

    10/13/19: Brief Due (Only one brief is required per team; side is assigned randomly.)

    11/2/19: Two Preliminary Rounds (one “on” and the other “off” brief), Quarterfinals, and Reception at GW Law, 2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

    11/3/19: Semi-final and Final Rounds held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004

    Award: Recognition is given to the Winning Team, Best Oral Advocate, Best Petitioner’s Brief, and Best Respondent’s Brief.

    Dates: November 2-3, 2019

    Deadline: September 15, 2019 

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